Some of us can only think and try to reflect of what things must have been like in the 1920’s and a stylish flapper looked like. We've seen pictures and movies, but how much does that really tell you? Well, think of our modern day Betty Boop with boyish hips wearing a sack dress and a flat chest and there you’ve got it!
In the twenties it was the process of elimination and the chest had to go, so big busted ladies would bandage themselves until they were flat! Can you imagine how the seasoned and more mature looks of the earlier Edwardian time had with all this freedom their granddaughters had and how they must have felt with their voluptuous figures at that time? “I’m so jealous of you, you have less than me and I have too much!” A far cry from today! If you had a boyish look with no chest or hips, you’d fit right in.
The ladies of this era began by the lovely page boy that curled gracefully under and gained influence for its femininity and loved by men the world over. From there, the styles evolved into pursuing a more plucky style and many women stormed the salons for the simple straight looking bob. Walking in town or at social gatherings soon recognized the fact; that everyone’s hair was short and all one length.
We know today, there are “Joan of Arc’s” leading the way in hairdome and because of that, Joan’s tediousness turned into a creative streak that led the way into a whole new world of styling and before you know it, they were boldly shingling up the back and getting marcel’s and finger waves. The granddaddy of all time entered upon the scene when the infamous style “Eton” arrived that amused some of the neighborhood and shocked the rest of their peers due to the unblushing, immodesty attached with the stigma to bring oneself to wear such a cut. Because there is a purpose for everything we do, whether we care to admit it or not, “Joan” and the girls had their reasons for getting all their hair whacked off.
At the time it was popular to wear the “Cloche” hat. These hats had to fit very closely to the head and the only way to achieve a perfect fit was to practically shave their heads. Foreheads were not in fashion at the time (that would be good news for those who have short foreheads, I suppose.), as the hat’s brim would lie over the forehead to look completely flapper and for her to portray to all that would see her that she was “thee woman” of that age. This may have been the early roots of the feminist movement. The ladies actually had to learn how to keep their heads at a certain level while walking so they wouldn’t bump into anything. What we won’t do for fashion! Ode de vanity!
The look of the greasy brilliantine dark shine, laden with subterranean waves would completely outline her skull. Ah but alas, the cranium reconnaissance was apparently stylish, even if it does sound rather ghostly to us, when we begin consider the amount of slather of lather upon her head. With this look they would sometimes wear different arrays and colors of bands admired from the Greek culture.
After this daring era of women taking their dauntless stand of clipper cutting most of their hair off; a meltdown of the hearts soon followed when they decided they once again wanted to exhibit more softness in their hair and began growing their hair in willowy waves as stylists put their clippers on the shelf to gather dust, for a season as hair appeared on their necklines in various shapes and lines, but always to accommodate the very latest of hats in fashion.
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